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Memorable Manitobans: David B. Murray (1844-1908)

Winnipeg police chief (1875-1887).

Born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia in 1844, he was married twice and had two daughters. He came to Winnipeg in 1876, and soon after identified himself with the police force of the city. During his stay in Winnipeg he was prominent in police, social and sporting circles. He was an active member of the St. Andrew’s Society, the Masonic order, and the executive of the Highland games. After his resignation in 1887 he went to Washington, then a territory of the United States, and engaged in mining enterprises.

His daughter, Ethel Murray, married A. G. V. Leishman.

He died at London, Ontario on 17 November 1908.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 18 April 2010

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